Castles for weddings
Explore the continent’s most romantic and palatial castles
HomeAway travel expert
Getting hitched in a castle is about as fairy tale as Snow White kissing the Frog Prince while clacking the golden slippers. Indeed, nothing says “big day” quite like a big castle, complete with turrets, battlements, capacious ballrooms and even, in some cases, water-filled moats and drawbridges! Granted, castles won’t necessarily be every couple’s cup of tea: many a lovestruck pair need little more than a rose or ring to signify their love. If you want your ceremony to be conducted in a regal setting, though, there are countless castles throughout Europe ready and waiting to take your booking.
Whether you prefer your castle old or, well, really, really old, you’re spoiled for choice in Europe. That the UK is home to dozens of castles is no secret, but the tapestry-laden Roman castles in Italy provide a similarly rich historical setting. Your storybook wedding is certain to require a lot of planning, but before you venture down the rose-petal strewn aisle, have a look at our top European destinations for castle weddings. HomeAway has an array of castles dotted around the continent. Simply click into your destination using the links below, then filter your search to only find castles. Booking up, meanwhile, is about as easy as saying, “I do!”
Top five European locations for castle weddings
Getting married in a Castle in Italy
Sicily, Tuscany, Veneto, Friuli, the Amalfi Coast - just some of the Italian locales vying for your castle wedding booking. The impossibly romantic Miramare Castle in Trieste is one such property; this 19th century cliff overlooks the Adriatic Sea, and its rich interior is furnished with ornate furniture and delicate ornaments. The 13th century Chianti Castle, just outside Gaiole, is another splendid choice. Surrounded by vineyards, grounds lined by juniper and cypress trees, its frecoed halls and Catholic chapel marks it the perfect venue for a most romantic engagement. Perhaps the most dramatic choice would be Castello Aragonese, in Ischia. Standing on a volcanic rock, connected to the island by a 15th century bridge, this one definitely has the wow factor.
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Getting married in a castles in Spain
Many Spanish castles started life as Arab forts, or as the residences of emirs and kings during the late Middle Ages. Nowadays, though, some of them make perfect wedding venues. The narrow spires of Alcazar of Segovia, perched high above the town of the same name, even hosted the wedding of Philip II. Home to a museum, an armoury, a throne room and, of course, a chapel, the venue’s yours - at a rather steep price, of course! There’s a fine selection of more affordable castles to rent at HomeAway. The mightily impressive Les Oluges, in Segarra, might be the one for you. Lodged in the medieval fort of montfalco, this stone castle sits on a hill, and dates from the 11th century. A modest, fenced garden, and a generous balcony that overlooks fields as far as the eye can see, make this a venue you won’t forget in a hurry.
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Getting married in a castle in France
There are no shortage of castles in France, ideal if you’re keen to make a dramatic statement on your wedding day. The magnificent Chateau de Cey in Cote-d’Or is a stunning building that’s likely to be at the top end of just about everyone’s budget. Set in 40 acres, boasting 15 bedrooms, a swimming pool and furnishings befitting of 18th century aristocracy, you could marry your worst enemy in this place! Of course, there’s castles from the Loire Valley to the Rhone-Alpes. Between Lyon and St Etienne, you’ll find a stunning private castle set within five acres of parkland. After the nuptials, why not throw the after party at the private pool?
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Getting married in a castle in Germany
Many people consider Neuschwanstein, in Germany, to be Europe’s most beautiful castle. Rising out of the forest, this 19th century building was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, as well as Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom. There’s always a drawback, though, isn’t there? No weddings are permitted directly within the castle - but you can arrange for your ceremony to be held in the grassy area in front of it, or in the chapel of Hohenschwangau Castle, with a view of Neuschwanstein. Alternatively, have your pick of over 50 castles from Bavaria to Saxony at HomeAway.
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Getting married in a castle in Austria
From Vienna to Carinthia, Burgenland to Styria, Austria’s affinity with castles and palaces is as plain as day. The fortifications of Schloss Friedberg, in Tyrol, certainly draw the eye. Mixing 21st century amenities with centuries of ceremonial pomp, the castle has only recently becoming accessible to the public, having undergone extensive renovations. Who doesn’t want to have their first meal as a married couple in an ancient stone cavern deep in the mysterious inner recesses of a castle? HomeAway’s Austrian castles to rent, meanwhile, include a grand Salzburg fortress, close by Mozart’s birthplace, and a stylishly renovated castle with mountain views in Zell am See.
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Castles for Rent for Weddings
Chateau Rochette stands majestically looking down across a valley once lorded over by this 12th century Baronnie. The chateau was both witness and party to the Hundred Years War, now a sleeping giant of peace and tranquility.
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This fairytale medieval castle is situated in a superb position with panoramic views across Lake Trasimeno and the Umbrian and Tuscan countryside beyond. In 1993 it was renovated and opened its doors to guests so they could enjoy this unique exper...
For those in search of a enchanting castle retreat, Castello Gubbio is the perfect choice!
It was built in the middle ages to defend the town of Gubbio against Perugia. The castle has retained it defensive character from the outside, but four y...
Rose Tower was built in 1829 by Henry Tredcroft - a wealthy property owner in the Horsham area who created parks, gardens and pleasure grounds from the original Street Farm and other small farms.
The estate passed to Sir John Henry P...
This is a 1420 castle very close to the capital, Dublin. You can have a thoroughly country experience yet be in the City in 40 mins. Its a family house so you will enjoy an intimate atmosphere that you can make your own for the stay.
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